Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat. Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. With James sidelined because of a sprained right wrist, Irving delivered a dazzling, tour-de-force performance. One day before the NBA names its All-Star reserves, Irving put an exclamation point on his resume.
Paul Millsap played like one of the league's best players. Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, five other Atlanta players scored in double figures, and the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. ''Paul was aggressive,'' said teammate Al Horford, who also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. ''When he plays like that, we're tough to beat.'' Atlanta (38-8) has won 31 of 33 and leads the Eastern Conference by a commanding seven games.
Marshawn Lynch found a new way to say nothing. A day after giving the same one-sentence response at Super Bowl Media Day, the Seattle Seahawks' running back had another scripted answer to any questions. The only time Lynch had a different answer was when he was asked what music he'll listen to pregame before facing the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Super Bowl. Some of the questions Lynch refused to answer Wednesday included: - ''Why do you have to be a jerk to all of us?'' - ''Do you have a message for your fans?'' - ''Can you talk about your charity foundation?'' - ''Isn't this whole act a selfish move?'' In November, the NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season.
Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers also made it official that their superstar doesn't believe his career is finished. If Bryant meets that timetable, he could return to basketball shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season - and the Lakers expect to see him in purple and gold again. Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo performed the two-hour surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She will next meet the winner of the all-American semifinal between top-ranked Serena Williams and 19-year-old Madison Keys. Sharapova won the Australia Open title in 2008 but was comprehensively beaten in the championship matches in 2007, by then unseeded Serena Williams, and in 2012 by Victoria Azarenka.
In a match of player-of-the-year candidates, Jerian Grant made more clutch plays for eighth-ranked Notre Dame than Jahlil Okafor did for fourth-ranked Duke. Grant finished with 23 points and 12 assists and in the final 67 seconds hit a jumper just as the shot clock expired, fired a pass to a wide-open Steve Vasturia for a 3 from the corner just as the shot clock expired then blocked a layup attempt as the Irish rallied from 10-points down to win 77-73. ''He loves the moment,'' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. ''It's a heck of a bucket,'' said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who won his 1,000th game on Sunday.
Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator. Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for the Broncos head coaching vacancy following John Fox's ouster earlier this month.
Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Lance Thomas scored a season-high 17 points against his former team and the New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-92 on Wednesday night. Langston Galloway added 18 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games, representing nearly half of their nine victories on the season. Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the Thunder, who were without Kevin Durant for a second straight game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Westbrook blitzed the Knicks in his season debut after returning from injury in November, leading the Thunder to a 27-point romp.
The Charlotte Hornets expect point guard Kemba Walker will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker had surgery on Wednesday in New York, the team said. If Walker returns in six weeks, he'd be back on the court March 11. The Hornets have the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference entering Wednesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who view at least a part of their jobs as helping to build character in their players while easing the mental and physical irritations that come with competition.
"Coaches have the power to teach much more than the physical elements of the game,"
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(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."
Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who've reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now.
"If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there's little they can do to immediately improve their game," says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (USRGA). "Howeve
(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who've reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now."If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there's little they can do to immediately improve their game," says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (
(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care.
"Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise."
Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence
(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care.
Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it.
"Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please.
That said, a Forbe
(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions.
According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it.
The research comes on the heels of numerous news
(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract
(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant!
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i
(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.
The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di
(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness.
"I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits.
"Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body."
After all those years o
(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running.
In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons.
"I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012
(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts.
"Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby.
"Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s
(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight.
"We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t
(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today.
In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career.
"I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't."
The whiplash sh